Travel Alerts

Big Sur and the Central Coast have been experiencing a winter that has severely affected the destination in several ways. Many of our neighbors are feeling firsthand the effects of the weather, and we first and foremost are concerned and send our thoughts for their safety and well-being. The safety of visitors during is a top priority for the MCCVB, and we are diligently working to spread the messages from state and local agencies as they provide updates.

Please check the CalTrans website and the Monterey County Public Works website for the latest road closures.

As of Tuesday, March 14, the county has cleared the roadway and reopened the northern section of Highway 1, giving access from the Monterey Peninsula into Big Sur. Please note, until further notice there is a hard closure of Highway 1 at Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Click here for tips on "Exploring Big Sur from Monterey."

The timing for the demolition and rebuilding of the bridge and reopening the road is changing and may take up to a year. Big Sur businesses north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are open and accessible, but there is no through route available.

Road Closures

  • Highway 1 in Big Sur
    • Closed at Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Motorists must not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge.
    • The last turnaround is at Big Sur Ranger Station. Due to potential traffic, we encourage visitors to turn around after reaching their destinations.
  • Please visit QuickMaps for updates

Turn Around Locations

For guests and visitors planning to travel to Big Sur, we encourage you to stay alert and be mindful and respectful to those CHP, Caltrans and other public service and safety workers who are continuing to restore the destination after the winter weather impacts. Please use turnouts, legal parking areas and pull over when appropriate.

  • Guests traveling in a large bus or RV are able to turn around at Big Sur Campground & Cabins or Fernwood Resort.
  • The MCCVB encourages visitors to help reduce any traffic congestion by avoiding traveling south from their destination. The furthest south visitors will be able to access is Big Sur Ranger Station where they will turned around and directed north.

In addition, while businesses north of Big Sur Ranger Station are reopening we encourage visitors to call ahead to ensure a smooth arrival experience. Businesses south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge remain closed for the time being, as Highway 1 remains closed from the south while road work continues to reopen access. 

If you are in the area and have any questions on the closures, please visit our Monterey Visitors Center at Lake El Estero Park.

Driving Directions from Northern CA

Visitors from Northern California and the Monterey Peninsula can take Highway 1 south all the way to Big Sur until the Big Sur Ranger Station just before the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. At that point, visitors will be turned around to take Highway 1 north to Highway 68 where they will be able to access Highway 101 to drive south to Los Angeles.

Below are few great things to see and do on the Highway 101 detour:

Park Conditions

Please note the current conditions for Monterey County Parks:

  • Garrapata State Park: Lands west of Highway 1 ONLY are open, with the exception of Gates 8 and 9

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is open

  • Point Sur Light Station Historic State Park is open

  • Toro Park is open, but marked bike trails are closed as they are unsafe for the public to use at this time. For updates please click here.

  • Elkhorn Road is closed SOUTH of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Click here to plan your alternate route.

  • Andrew Molera State Park is closed until further notice

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is closed until further notice

  • Limekiln State Park is closed until further notice

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is closed until further notice, including Buzzard’s Roost Trail

  • Please click the links below for updates:

Monterey County Beaches are Open

All Monterey county beaches are open. However, beachgoers are cautioned to avoid ocean water contact for three days after rainfall.

For more information and updates on current conditions, please call the California State Parks Big Sur Sector Office at (831) 667-1112 or the Big Sur Station at (831) 667-2315. Check the CalTrans website for up-to-date road conditions on Highway 1.

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